A Wilson Times Co. publication · Serving Southern Nash County Since 1947

39 graduate from Tar River Academy

Students received more than $4,000 in scholarships

Thank you for being one of our most loyal readers. Please consider supporting community journalism by subscribing.


A total of 39 Tar River Academy seniors graduated on Thursday during their commencement ceremony held in the Rocky Mount school’s auditorium.

During their mid-year commencement in December, 22 seniors graduated for a total of 61 graduates during the 2018-19 school year.

Members of Tar River’s of 2019 have goals after high school as two will attend a four-year college, 15 will attend a two-year college, eight will enlist in the military and 14 will enter the workforce.

The students received more than $4,000 in scholarships.

Sgt. Maj. Leo Nieves and the Navy Junior ROTC Color Guard of Nash Central High School opened the graduation followed by the processional.

During the ceremony, Principal Willie Howard III welcomed everyone and gave words of encouragement while student Irene Simpson introduced distinguished guests. Student Kalin Pitt recited a poem and shared reflections for the class of 2019.   

Superintendent Shelton Jefferies, Chief of Staff Brian Miller, Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education Chairman Franklin Lamm, board Vice Chairwoman Ann Edge, Howard and Assistant Principal Linda Cooper presented diplomas and congratulated the graduating class.